Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Final fiscal year 2019 statistics show a significant increase in the number of OSHA inspections and a record amount of compliance assistance to further the mission of ensuring that employers provide workplaces free of hazards. Enforcement activities reflect the Department of Labor’s continued focus on worker safety, agency officials note: Federal OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections, more inspections than the previous three years, addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica and other hazards.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Billed as a blueprint for a mission supporting public health and the environment across the country, EPA’s 2014–2018 Strategic Plan cites as chief goals: addressing climate change and improving air quality; protecting America’s waters; cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; ensuring the safety of chemicals; and, protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.
Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee
Off-road equipment industry professionals will gather April 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill., near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, for the annual AEM product safety and compliance seminar, participants seeking the latest knowledge to help fine-tune company programs.
Sources: OSHA, CP staff
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (NPRM) profiles 11 ready mixed and manufactured concrete production job titles, estimating at least half of workers with three of them encounter silica exposure above the agency’s new 50 microgram per cubic meter of air over eight-hour sampling period (50 μg/m3).
The Safety Management System (SMS) central to FMCSA’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program will analyze violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier’s on-road performance.